What If You Woke Up 1,000 Years In The Future?

What If You Woke Up 1,000 Years In The Future?


So Quora asked this really interesting question,
that being what if you woke up 1,000 years in the future, what would you do? I’m sure
you could ask many questions to people around that time period, let’s say 3000 AD, and
you have to wonder what society would be like that many years in the future.
The future is extremely interesting to me as you never know what may happen, we might
become a utopian society with an advanced civilization, or we may very well become a
dystopian with the many ways the world can end, but that’s a topic for another video.
I recently read 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘥 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘶𝘮: 𝘈
𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘈𝘋 2000-3000, written
by award-winning authors Brian Stableford and David Langford and published in 1985.
The book focuses briefly on the first and second millennia and how we’ve gone from
the inspirational golden age of the ancient Greeks with their curiosity and expansion
of the “oikumene”, Greek for the New World as they knew it. Alexander the Great, carrying
down his father’s legacy to expand Greece by conquering Persia, parts of Asia, Egypt,
India, and although a fierce and ruthless conqueror he also spread incredibly powerful
and useful Greek ideas to the modern world, including religion. Before this in BC times,
humans simply evolved and didn’t really have the knowledge and intelligence of these
subjects. In my opinion, we really should learn about the ancient Greeks as their influence
on society is monumental, but history classes generally start around the fourth century
AD, with the Byzantine empire as really the first established civilization, but even then
settlers preserved Greek and Roman traditions and cultures, leading to future Renaissances
and what we know today. Then comes the first millenium, where faith
is absolutely massive with the birth of Christ, civil codes are established, but even more
so large permanent settlements in cultivations of land such as the Americas, Europe, Africa,
Asia, cities and cultures in ruins and destroyed such as the Greeks but the Roman Empire first
building itself into what would be world domination. The Dark Ages, death of the native population
across the world through the Columbian Exchange, religious wars, the black death, and slavery
occurred, but not without its benefits and technological advancements, such as new food,
new inventions, and new ideas, new religions and emphasis on conversion, which would ultimately
propel society forward into Renaissances, the Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution,
Rationalism, Secularism, Industrial Revolution, wars and revolutions, massive movements and
the list goes on. Enter the modern day, where in 1900 the world
population is at 1.5 billion, but in 2000 it’s at nearly 7 billion due to dramatic
increases in food supplies, agricultural techniques, and medical advances in science and hygiene.
By 2000, poor subsistence farmers through mass cultivation of agriculture basically
cause soil erosion, wood for fuel causing deforestation, turning everything into a desert
and causing mass damage to the ecosphere, I mean these people try to make ends meet
through their cash crops but when that fails, add on top of this fossil fuels and climate
change/global warming, nuclear bombs, humanity could’ve definitely ended. So, I give credit
to ourselves for hanging in there for as long as we have despite challenges, but let’s
continue. It’s incredible to think how the Christian
Roman Empire (as it was approaching 1000 AD) thought that Christ would come down and the
world would end, but as we approached 2000 AD, we have the Y2K problem. Technology as
we know it (and which will be an important focus point for sure in this video) has played
a massive role in society, we’ve gone from paper in the first millenium, to the printing
press in the second millenium, to literally virtual reality and now on a computer, phone,
and so on in the third millenium so the need for the aforementioned isn’t necessary anymore.
May I also add nanotechnology, fusion power, and developments in energy might become even
more of a reality than what science fiction makes of it, and one thing I can definitely
say from all the research I’ve done is that we might also hit Type 1 on the Kardashev
scale in the third millennium, expanding our energy consumption and usage to a planetary
scale. Artificial intelligence becomes insanely powerful, such to a degree that it becomes
a part of us and our lives. Now why did I just state history, the present,
and the possible future? Well, it’s 1,000 years, anything could happen, if we look to
the past to see what they thought of our present day, and take our present day and compare
it to our possible future, it would definitely be interesting.
Now if we take a look at science fiction throughout the last few decades, we can see that a lot
of societies become cyberpunk or futuristic to a certain degree, in this video I will
reference some media that I think might be invented in the third millennium.
A lot of information to cover but to start, if you’ve seen Spiderman: Far From Home,
spoilers, Mysterio is the main villain and he uses this awesome technology in the form
of drones to create illusions and manipulate the truth. The whole message around Mysterio
and his symbolization is fake news, propaganda and the internet through fake personas and
identities, not everything you see is the truth, persuasion that influences our emotions,
attitudes, opinions, and actions through controlled media, fake or not, and anyone can be anyone.
Remember, nobody on the internet cares about you, they’re anonymous going by a persona,
they aren’t your friends, and they aren’t real.
According to MovieWeb’s article “Could Mysterio’s Far From Home Illusion Tech Exist
in the Real World?”, through Deepfake technology, FaceApp (the recent Russian scandal that gained
access to 150 million pictures), and holograms of musical artists which all use some form
of artificial intelligence to create the desired effects could happen sometime in the next
10 years, according to a futurist Brian David Johnson who chillingly states that technology
has been getting better and better by the day, and that society might become a technological
utopia with computers being able to think and make decisions for themselves, and just
in general technology literally everywhere. Soon, it might be a lot harder to separate
fact from fiction out in the world and not just on TV or the internet.
In our current 21st century, technology might be so incredible that we don’t really know
what’s real anymore, more and more A.I. apps would become available on the market,
we would colonize Mars (around 2020-2030), phones and computers would become incredibly
diverse as nowadays everyone has a phone in their hand and a computer at their desk that
they see everyday, almost like an additional organ, biotechnology and genetic engineering
starting with foods and then on humans might increase lifespan and health, combat or completely
neutralize diseases and thus improve the economy, this century mostly sees the rise of mass
advertising and political messages across cities, as well as plans trying to become
implemented with regards to current issues, and peace across all nations. As the 21st
century drags on we begin to realize that warfare over economics or weapons isn’t
necessary as total devastation through nuclear weapons aren’t the best long-term considerations,
but would just cause disasters. Interestingly enough, the film ‘Ready Player
One’ shows an excellent depiction of how a dystopian future with these messages can
be circumvented through advancements of virtual reality, a brilliant means of catharsis, but
yet if it spirals out of control, humanity would suffer socially and physically.
Additionally, in the late 21st century, Minority Report shows how crimes can be prevented before
they even occur. Christianity globally decreases due to rising
belief in science and rationalism and essentially this creates a second Enlightenment movement
and Scientific Revolution, what with what I’ve said so far about technology and AI,
in later centuries Christianity would be revived through various ministers and preachers and
their new revelations. In a sense, basically anything related to
technology in the 21st century will be focused on developments and advancements that will
further humanity, whether it be lifespan, colonization, catharsis, or media such as
political or social, advertising as each decade we (specifically the massive middle class)
are increasing our rates of consumerism by billions of people and thus the need for more
resources also increases. As more and more people enter the world and more things are
bought, the need for more of these things is emphasized which puts heavy stress on the
global environment, so this requires us to at least colonize 5 other planets within the
next 1,000 years, if not one by 100 years. Just saying it right now, if we don’t get
off this planet soon with the aforementioned problems, a dystopian reality could very well
become our lives. Moving on to the 22nd and 23rd centuries,
this is where things start to get insanely interesting, if not already. Reading from
the fascinating site FutureTimeline.net, there are many predictions of what might happen
in 1,000 years spanning from the 21st century all the way to 10,000 years from now. Even
more so there are different topics which they go into, so if you’re interested in any
future readings, please go check it out in the description below, otherwise, sit back,
relax, and let’s read some awesome predictions. Okay, so starting with the 22nd century, and
this is the century with the most technological advancements, there are diverging paths for
humans and transhumans, eco-technic societies dominate the globe, and colonization of space
accelerates. To start, human intelligence is being vastly amplified by A.I. Ubiquitous,
large-scale automation has led to vast swathes of human employees being replaced by virtual
or robotic counterparts. Strong AI now occupies almost every level of business, government,
the military, manufacturing and service sectors. Rather than being separate entities, these
AIs are often merged with human minds, greatly extending the latter’s capability. For instance,
knowledge and skills on any subject can now be downloaded and stored directly within the
brain. As well as basic information and data, this includes many physical abilities. A person
can learn self-defense, for example, become an expert in any sport, or be taught to operate
a new vehicle, all within a matter of seconds. The world has been transformed by this fusion
of people and machines. The vastly greater power of AI means that it has become, simultaneously,
both master and servant to the human race. The benefits of this human-AI merger require
the extensive use of implants, however – something which a significant minority of the population
still refuses to accept. Compared to transhumans, these non-upgraded humans are becoming like
cavemen – thousands of years behind in intellectual development. Unable to comprehend the latest
technology, the world around them appears “fast” and “strange” from their increasingly
limited perspective. This is creating a major division in society.
Next, nomadic floating cities are roaming the oceans. At the dawn of the 22nd century,
many of the world’s cities lie partially submerged due to rising sea levels. Despite some attempts
to build flood defenses, even famous locations – such as New York, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai
and Sydney – have been affected. With over 10% of the world’s population living on coastlines,
hundreds of millions have been forced to migrate. While many citizens have abandoned their homelands,
a growing number have adopted a new means of living which does away with national boundaries
altogether. This comes in the form of floating, artificial islands – entirely self-sufficient
and able to cruise around the world indefinitely. These ships provide comfort, safety and security,
in stark contrast to the upheaval and chaos experienced by many land dwellers. In addition
to a continuous supply of food and freshwater, various facilities are available including
virtual reality suites, state-of-the-art android servants/companions, swimming pools, landing
pads for anti-grav vehicles and much more. Carefully maintained arboretums with real
trees can also be found on board (flora which is becoming increasingly rare these days).
As well as CO2 capture, offshore settlements play a role in scrubbing general air and water
pollution, acting as giant filters that remove trash and chemicals from the ocean. These
materials can then be recycled and put to new use. This is now having a significant
impact in reversing the enormous damage that has accumulated over the centuries from ocean
acidification, plastic debris, nitrogen and other man-made waste products. Needless to
say, these settlements, both stationary and roaming, are entirely carbon neutral. Power
is produced from a combination of OTEC plants, offshore wind farms, tidal and wave plants,
solar arrays, and other means. Some even utilize fusion. Food is grown and water desalinated
locally. These ocean settlements are themselves among the earliest adopters of the so-called
“post-growth economy”. This had emerged out of the converged crises of resource depletion
and advanced automation that began during the mid-late 21st century, and seeks to minimize
the impact of human economic activity on the environment.
Thousands of species also start going extinct by the 22nd century, most notably penguins
from the Antarctic and 12% of the entire bird species.
2110, the terraforming of Mars is underway, and although no physical processes have been
introduced yet, the first serious plans are being drawn up for the planet’s gradual transformation,
with the ultimate goal of making it habitable for humans. Exactly who will be given control
of Mars and its resources – or if the planet should have complete independence – is the
subject of much debate and speculation around this time.
Force fields are in military use, a combination of several unique technologies, stacked together
in layers, has led to a radical new form of protective shielding. To observers from the
previous century, this would resemble the “force fields” depicted in science fiction
movies. When activated, it provides an instant, near-impenetrable field withstanding hits
from all but the most powerful weaponry. The outer layer consists of a supercharged plasma
window, shaped into a dome or sphere by electromagnetic fields. This is hot enough to vaporize most
incoming metals. A secondary layer underneath contains millions of curved laser beams, producing
a high-energy web that captures projectiles fast or powerful enough to bypass the plasma
window. A third layer consists of a “lattice” made from trillions of carbon nanotubes. These
microscopic structures are woven together in an instant, forming a diamond-hard shell
repelling objects missed by the other two layers. If necessary, this can be extended
to cover a larger perimeter, at the cost of decreased strength. Conversely, it can be
reduced in size to provide an even denser and more durable barrier. The layers described
above can protect against the majority of bullets, bombs and projectiles. However, they
are almost useless against lasers. A fourth and final layer takes care of this problem.
This uses photochromatic particles, which change their properties when exposed to laser
light, effectively neutralising most directed-energy weapons. An early form of this technology
was seen a century previously, with sunglasses that changed color when exposed to sunlight.
In addition to warzones, these multilayered force fields are used in a range of other
situations. National borders, for example, are being made more secure – as are many
sources of food and water production. Corporate spaces and luxury dwellings owned by the rich
are also utilizing them. A number of satellites are being fitted with this technology too.
Large-scale arcologies are emerging as an alternative to traditional urban cities, the
global convergence of environmental issues and resource depletion has forced humanity
to drastically readdress the way urban areas are designed. Refugee crises, immigration,
and a bigger global population have become an issue with millions staying in different
countries, so in order to accommodate so many people in such a smaller area, cities have
become increasingly dense and self-contained. These structures which are partially or fully
merged into mountain sides and other landscapes and resemble ant colonies have been developing
since the 2020s and can hold millions of people, stabilize global temperatures, and hold all
the essentials for human survival. They definitely live up to their portmanteau of “architecture”
and “ecology”. This scale of engineering has been made possible through advances in materials
science, with carbon nanotubes utilized to cope with the massive forces involved. The
sheer size and strength of arcologies makes them virtually immune to earthquakes, hurricanes
and other natural disasters. Elevators also enable humans to reach any floor or height
within the facility at unheard of speeds in previous centuries. So advances in transportation
and civil engineering, like trains moving at ungodly speeds at thousands of miles per
hour while stabilizing the pressure inside, combined with nano-scale manufacturing, are
enabling humans to operate with little or no impact on the environment.
Femtoengineering is practical, as technology on the scale of quadrillionths of a meter
have emerged. Due to its size which is smaller than nanotechnology, engineering at this scale
involves working directly with the finest known structures of matter – such as quarks
and strings – to manipulate the properties of atoms. This development is a further step
towards macro-scale teleportation, i.e. transportation of objects visible to the naked eye. Significant
breakthroughs in anti-gravity and force field generation will also result from this. Another
area that will see major progress is in materials technology. For example, metals will be produced
which are capable of withstanding truly enormous pressures and tensile forces. The applications
for this will be endless, but perhaps one of the most exciting areas will be in the
exploration of hostile environments – such as probes capable of travelling within the
Sun itself, and tunnelling machines that can penetrate the Earth’s crust into the layers
of magma beneath. Longer term, this development will pave the way for interstellar ships and
the massive forces involved in lightspeed travel. Other more exotic materials are becoming
possible – including wholly transparent metals, highly luminous metals, frictionless
surfaces, and ultradense but extremely lightweight structures. As with many areas of science,
femtoengineering is being guided by advanced AI, which is now trillions of times more powerful
than unaided human intelligence. Man-made control of earthquakes and tsunamis,
because by now, geophysicists have mapped the entirety of the Earth’s crust and its
faults, extending some 50 km (30 mi) below the surface. Computer simulations can forecast
exactly when and where an earthquake will occur and its precise magnitude. With a “scheduling”
system now in place, comprehensive preventative measures can be taken against these disasters.
Literally wherever you are, you would be notified of the impending earthquake and workers would
respond to it while civilians evacuated the area ahead of time to avoid any harm or danger.
Some nations are going one step further and creating additional systems, in the form of
gigantic engineering projects. To protect the most earthquake-prone regions, a network
of “lubrication wells” is being established. These man-made channels penetrate deep underground,
to the very edge of the mantle. They work by injecting nanotechnology-based fluid or
gel into fault lines, making it easier for rock layers to slide past each other. Explosive
charges can also be dropped at strategic points, in zones where the lubrication might be less
effective. Instead of sudden, huge earthquakes, the network induces a series of much smaller
earthquakes. Using this method, an earthquake of magnitude 8 can be buffered down to magnitude
4 or lower, causing little or no damage to structures on the surface. In coastal locations,
tsunamis can also be prevented. All of these measures can substantially reduce
casualties and economic disruption. Massive controversy arises in the event of
legal and liability issues in the event of accidents, as now that humanity can basically
manipulate and take away mother nature, and even with this technology, now damage from
human-induced earthquakes cannot be excused as an “act of God.”
Despite these technical and legal hurdles, it would seem that mankind is gaining the
power to control even the most destructive aspects of nature.
By 2120, mind uploading enters mainstream society, adequate hardware to support human-level
intelligence was available as far back as the 2020s, thanks to the exponential progress
of Moore’s Law. This made it possible to form simulations of neural processes. However,
the underlying software foundation required for mind uploading proved to be a vastly greater
challenge. Full transfer of human consciousness into artificial substrates posed enormous
technical difficulties, in addition to raising ethical and philosophical issues. The sheer
complexity of the brain, and its inherent fragility – along with the many legislative
barriers that stood in the way – meant that it was nearly a century before such technology
reached the mainstream. Some breakthroughs occurred in the latter decades of the 21st
century, with partial transfer of memories and thought patterns, allowing some limited
experience of the mind uploading process. However, it was only through the emergence
of picotechnology and strong AI that sufficiently detailed scanning methods became available.
This new generation of machines, being orders of magnitude faster and more robust, finally
bridged the gap between organic human brains and their synthetic equivalents. Initially
tested on monkeys, the procedure was eventually offered to certain marginalised people including
death row inmates and terminally ill patients. Once it could be demonstrated as being safe
and reversible, the project garnered a steady stream of free and healthy volunteers, tempted
by this new form of computerized immortality. Years of red tape and legislation followed,
including some of the strictest regulations ever enacted into law. Religious and conservative
groups voiced their objections to what they saw as a fundamental violation of God’s will.
At times, this threatened to postpone the technology indefinitely. Eventually though,
like so many other breakthroughs in science, the zeitgeist moved on. The level of demand
for mind uploading proved to be enormous, and the treatment was made commercially available
in the 2120s. Citizens have access to special clinics in
which their biological brains can be literally discarded in favor of artificial ones. The
process is interesting: Rather than simply “duplicating” a mind, the machine physically
shifts the consciousness, like a sponge soaking up water. The brain is gradually replaced
– piece by piece – so the original personality remains intact during the transition. This
vital aspect of the procedure assuages the fear which many have of losing their identity.
So not only does the host receive a new consciousness and awareness, but also retain their personality
and identity. For the wealthiest individuals, entire new bodies can be grown, into which
the synthetic brains can be transplanted. These bodies may themselves be artificial,
with options for partially cyborg or fully robotic replacements. Externally, they are
often indistinguishable from real human bodies, but include many hi-tech add-ons and internal
features boosting physical and mental abilities. Not everyone is opting for these types of
treatments, however. A significant percentage view them with extreme suspicion, as though
somehow immoral and dehumanizing. With each passing year, society is becoming increasingly
fractured, with an ever-widening divide between those who seek to enhance themselves, and
those who prefer to abstain from using such technology.
By 2130, large-scale civilian settlement of the Moon is underway, tourists can visit the
moon through a space elevator, Japan’s already planned to make one by 2050, and research
and recent talk of building one is already happening as I speak.
So as a result of this space elevator, huge numbers of Earth’s citizens now have rapid,
affordable and safe access to space. Dozens of permanent Moon colonies have been established.
Nanotechnology self-assemblers enable these safe habitats to be constructed in a matter
of hours or days. Most are concentrated in the southern polar region, which has greater
access to water. In addition to basic exploration and surveying, the main occupations for colonists
at the moment are scientific and technological research. Almost all manual/physical tasks
are handled by robots, giving more leisure time for the human residents. A very large
telescope is also operational, for long-distance astronomical observations. The lack of atmosphere
and powerful relative distance and other conditions (such as wavelengths of light passing easier
through space and a better, clearer view of the distant cosmos) gives it a tremendous
advantage over Earth-based telescopes. By 2140, countries are changing geographically
whether it’s the United States being ravaged by drought, flooding, wildfires and other
adverse conditions, or Canada beginning to experience a population and economic surge
almost unparalleled in its history (examples being better temperatures and thus more natural
resources), there’s also a gradual stagnation of the white population, and simultaneous
growth of Hispanics for many years dominating the southwest and Mexico eventually becoming
a fully developed nation. Among these 3 nations, a single world currency
is created, online globalization, the dominance of A.I. in government, Europe becomes a superstate,
Asia quickly follows, the USA begins talks with Canada regarding a North American Union.
The US, Canada, and Mexico are gradually unified under a single political system – strengthening
the power and influence of all three, other nations soon follow. By the 23rd century you
have a unified government. We also create perfect simulations by 2140-2150.
Let me introduce some theoretical physics terms, and trust me, there’s a lot of terms
I’ve used throughout this video, but you can easily look them up and save yourself
the trouble. Basically, in the 21st century, supercomputers
used a simulation technique called quantum chromodynamics which is the theory of the
strong interaction between quarks and gluons, gluons are a strong force that “glue”
quarks together, and quarks form hadrons, and hadrons form protons and neutrons, which
we know makes up all matter in the universe. These quarks formed a strong nuclear force
and the algorithms were able to identify this strong nuclear force among protons and neutrons
and its effect on nuclei and their interactions. So because we now know that matter plays a
factor in simulations through extremely small atomic interactions, we basically break down
space time into a four dimensional grid, combined with femto-sized universes and lattice pixelated
structures within the simulation, our computer resolution actually displayed a small scale
portion of the universe, and although we needed a shit ton of mathematical equations, in 2015
the simulator “Illustris” was introduced, this thing can can recreate 13 billion years
of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years with insane resolution, and after
8,000 burned out CPUs, a decade of dramatic technological improvement, and 5 years of
development, we finally got a full blown universe simulator that has simulated 41,000 galaxies,
the Big Bang to present day, and even more that has never been seen before.
By 2150, we begin interstellar travel, and the fastest of our spaceships can now achieve
a significant fraction of light speed, requiring only a few decades of travel time. By way
of comparison, centuries earlier our ships would’ve taken thousands of years to reach
the stars and our destinations. We know exactly where we’re going because of the previous
simulations. After travelling trillions of miles, we gain significant data and visual
information as images are taken of Earth and the Solar System as well as where other planets
are and so on (which we view from light years away), providing a new perspective of humanity
and its place in the universe. Holodeck-style environments become possible
in the latter half of the 22nd century, as these simulations continue to increase in
detail and spatial extent, reaching tens of meters and greater. This offers a level of
realism that was unavailable with full-immersion virtual reality. To an observer placed in
these miniature universes, it would be almost impossible to distinguish reality from fantasy.
Remember how I mentioned Mysterio’s drones and equipment earlier? Well if it isn’t
invented within 10 years, it’s most definitely going to be invented in the next century or
so. Our simulations are so good by this point
that literally everything we see is, by our senses, real. Holodeck environments like Star
Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) or The Matrix (1999), where simulated realities were
convincing enough to be indistinguishable from the real world. How does it work? Well
now the computer can be so small, the size of blood cells, that they parallel with accurate
models of the brain, establishing a basic roadmap of neurological processes. Full immersion
virtual reality leveraged these advances to create microscopic devices able to record
and mimic patterns of thought, directly inside the brain. Tens of billions of these “nanobots”
could be programmed to function simultaneously, like a miniature Internet, the end result
being that sensory information was now reproducible through software. In other words – vision,
hearing, smell, taste and touch could be temporarily substituted by a computer program, allowing
users to experience virtual environments with sufficient detail to match the real world.
Ready Player One shows this in the 2040s and is really the first glimpse at a sensory virtual
reality that our society is increasingly moving towards where you can feel everything, and
unlike simulations before, now you can straight up feel everything and interact with things
just like the real world, retaining all senses too. Basically the Reality Stone, and a lot
have wondered this, but what would happen if Mysterio got the Reality Stone? Now THAT
is an interesting question. Badass too. As virtual reality advances still further,
entire worlds are constructed using the smallest quantum units for building blocks. This opens
up some profound opportunities in the 23rd century. For example, artificial planet Earths
can have their parameters altered slightly – gravity, mass, temperature and so on – then
fast-forwarded billions of years to compare the outcomes. So we can enter these VR worlds
at any point in time in real time. We are so good at VR that we can recreate viruses
and bacteria and diseases at the subatomic level perfectly. Intelligent species evolving
on these virtual worlds may be entirely unaware that they are part of a giant simulation.
High-tech automated cities, basically everything is cleaner and tidier. Sign posts are obsolete
– all information is beamed into a person’s visual cortex. They merely have to “think”
of a particular building, street or route to be given information about it. This observer
would also notice their increased personal space, and the relative quiet of areas that,
in earlier times, would have bustled with cars, people and movement. In some places,
robots tending to manual duties might outnumber humans. This is partly a result of the reduction
in the world’s population. However, it is also because citizens of today spend the majority
of their time in virtual environments. These offer practically everything a person needs
in terms of knowledge, communication and interaction – often at speeds much greater than real
time. Limited only by a person’s imagination, they can provide richer and more stimulating
experiences than just about anything in the physical world. On those rare occasions when
a person ventures outside, they are likely to spend little time on foot. Almost all services
and material needs can be obtained within the home, or practically on their doorstep
– whether it be food, medical assistance, or even replacement body parts and physical
upgrades. Social gatherings in the real world are infrequent, usually reserved for “special”
occasions such as funerals, for novelty value, or the small number of situations where VR
is impractical. Crime is almost non-existent in these hi-tech cities. Surveillance is everywhere:
recording every footstep of your journey in perfect detail and identifying who you are,
from the moment you enter a public area. Even your internal biological state can be monitored
– such as neural activity and pulse – giving clues as to your immediate intentions. Police
can be summoned instantly, with robotic officers appearing to ‘grow’ out of the ground through
the use of blended claytronics and nanobots, embedded into the buildings and roads. This
is so much faster and more efficient that in most cities, having law enforcement drive
or fly to a crime area (in physical vehicles) has become obsolete. Although safe and clean,
some of these hi-tech districts might appear rather sterile to an observer from the previous
century. They would lack the grit, noise and character which defined cities in past times.
One way that urban designers are overcoming this problem is through the use of dynamic
surfaces. These create physical environments that are interactive and that detects your
feelings psychologically. Certain building façades, for instance, can change their appearance
to match the tastes of the observer. This can be achieved via augmented reality (which
only the individual is aware of), claytronic surfaces and holographic projections (which
everybody can see), or a combination of the two. A bland glass and steel building could
suddenly morph into a classical style, with Corinthian columns and marble floors; or it
could change to a red brick texture, depending on the mood or situation. Literally, you can
change or recreate a building at will just because you feel like it, like SimCity. Moving on to the 23rd century, there are several
important things that happen to humanity. The first is traditional employment is becoming
obsolete, as the average citizen today is likely to spend the vast majority of their
time in a virtual reality of some kind. Physical society and culture still exist – but most
avoid them, in favor of the Godlike abilities they can experience online. It is very rare
to meet a friend or colleague in person now. You are far more likely to encounter a form
of artificial intelligence today, than you are a living, breathing human. Urban centers
have become eerily deserted, with most people to be found in their homes – or in digital
libraries and entertainment venues – engaged in complex simulations that offer perfect
recreations of the real world. To observers from earlier centuries, these virtual environments
would appear truly dazzling in their speed and complexity, with an almost unimaginable
level of detail, creativity and ingenuity. A trend which began during the Industrial
Revolution has now reached its ultimate conclusion. Working hours had gradually declined over
the centuries, thanks to a combination of technology, automation, improvements in working
conditions and employee rights, changing labor demands and a shift in the cultural zeitgeist.
By 2050, the average person in a developed country was employed for under 30 hours per
week and this fell to 20 hours by 2100. Working hours continued to fall in the 22nd century
as machines – including life-like androids – took on ever more complex and sophisticated
roles. As humans began to enhance their cognitive
abilities, the nature of work itself was changing. More and more people were moving from “drudge”
jobs into their own personal, creative and intellectual pursuits. The line between work
and play was beginning to blur. Some roles, for example, were now taking the form of extremely
challenging “games”, based on subjective anomalies and problems resulting from discoveries for
which AI programs were unable to offer adequate explanations. Alongside this, average spending
on various household items and utilities, when measured as a percentage of disposable
income, was steadily declining. By 2200, this trend is complete. In most countries, basic
items such as food, energy and clothing are now essentially free, with little or no need
for the average person to work in order to acquire them. Recent advances in replicator
technology provide an abundance of resources – eliminating famine, disease and the need
for war. Literally everything has been automated, digitized and made easier. Take the emergency
services, for example. Hospital visits are rarely required now, as practically everything
a person needs in terms of treatment is available at home, or within their own body with nanomachines.
Police forces are dominated by robots and, in any case, physical crimes have been largely
eradicated. Firefighters are no longer needed, since they are robotic too, while building
regulations and nanotechnology materials can prevent most fires occurring in the first
place. This process of falling employment was, of
course, by no means a smooth transition. It caused profound economic and political disruption
throughout the 21st and 22nd centuries. By 2200, however, the world has fully adapted
to these changes and is entering a period of artistic and cultural splendor the likes
of which have never been seen before. Whether as explorers in space, or designers of entire
new worlds in cyberspace, humans are free to pursue their greatest dreams and personal
aspirations – unshackled from the confines of traditional economic and monetary systems.
A virtual Renaissance. The second biggest thing is that Christianity
is fading from American culture, as I mentioned earlier, you can imagine with all this technology
that a lot of people are now either atheist or agnostic.
Mid to late 23rd century, starting with 2250, perhaps the biggest achievement ever so far
in human history, as expected, humanity reaches Type 1 civilization on the Kardashev scale,
as virtually all of the Earth’s natural energy is being captured and harnessed in some way.
Vast amounts of land, sea and atmosphere have been transformed into a series of enormous
power grids using wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal technologies. These are supplemented
by fusion and antimatter, along with wholly new forms of energy production that were unknown
to scientists in previous centuries. In Earth’s orbit, a comprehensive network of stations
is now in place. These stations form nodes or shields that produce attractive forces
between each other, forming an invisible “shield” that completely encircles the planet, these
nodes capture and harvest solar radiation from literally the entire globe that would
be reflected back into space. 2260, accelerated development of the Solar
System with humanity shifting its focus beyond Earth, a veritable gold rush is taking place
throughout the Solar System. Countless technological and engineering marvels are now possible in
space, aided by the vast growth of AI which is dominating planetary and interplanetary
government. On Mercury, colonies roll around the equator
on giant train tracks – keeping pace with the planet’s rotation so that they are always
kept in the “terminator” zone. This ensures that the Sun never rises fully above the horizon,
maintaining the optimum temperature and brightness. On Venus, a massive terraforming effort is
underway. Automated craft are being sent to water-rich comets, redirecting them into the
planet’s upper atmosphere to cool it down, while genetically-engineered extremophile
bacteria are being seeded on the ground. Due to the much denser and more hostile atmosphere,
this process is slower than the efforts on Mars. However, with many people achieving
practical immortality, human endeavors are becoming increasingly focused on the long
term. Already, there are citizens buying up land and real estate on the surface in preparation
for the centuries and millennia ahead. Earth’s own moon is the most heavily populated
of all the space colonies. It now has millions of permanent inhabitants. Entire cities have
grown up around the original Apollo landing sites. Huge numbers of citizens are involved
in the expansion of infrastructure and technological research.
In the previous century, Mars had declared its independence from Earth. Its surface is
now dotted with large tent cities and criss-crossed with a hyperfast, automated rail network.
The terraforming operation is proceeding on schedule, with a number of giant orbital mirrors
now in place. Thousands of asteroids are being mined for
resources, and advances in nanotechnology and related fields enable these rocky bodies
to be stripped literally atom-by-atom, so that nothing goes to waste. Precious metals
are harvested for use in hi-tech industries, while volatiles such as water can be supplied
wherever needed. Some of these minor planets are being hollowed out, their interiors converted
into enormous power plants, scientific stations, or utopian habitats.
Jupiter has a massive influx of visitors, cyborgs and non-biologicals, these individuals
are better adapted to radiation and harsh environments, and while the moons are being
exploited for their metals, minerals and water ice, Jupiter itself is being mined for its
rich gas resources. A number of floating cities and gigantic refineries are beginning to appear
in the upper atmosphere. Saturn has a lot of moons, 62 to be exact
as of this video. Its largest moon Titan is now home to entire cities, while Enceladus
is showing great potential as a water source for the outer Solar System. The rings of Saturn
now have luxurious hotels orbiting around them, offering spectacular views of the planet.
Guests can venture outside and drift among the slowly moving ice fragments. Even the
distant planets of Uranus and Neptune have gas miners now, and more and more people are
travelling to neighboring star systems as well.
In 2280, microbial life is confirmed on an exoplanet, basically using antimatter to propel
ourselves to a distant planet, after thousands of planets searched, automated probes uncover
a unicellular organism within 100 light years of our Solar System. This lifeform reproduces
via binary fission, a form of asexual reproduction. It has an internal chemical structure that
is remarkably similar to DNA, suggesting that this form of replication may be quite common
throughout the universe. We know how it survives, it’s found on a wet planet with gas giants
surrounding it for protection. The impact of this discovery is less profound than it
might have been in previous centuries. Religion has already vanished from many societies,
for example. Science and technology in general have advanced so far – and in so many new
ways – that previous “wonders” of the universe are beginning to diminish in significance:
even the possibility of alien life. Though still hailed as a landmark discovery, the
emotional aspect of this and other breakthroughs has waned considerably, as human thought and
endeavour become ever more computerized, logical and machine-like. Humans have used virtual
reality so much to the point where they are desensitized about anything new, because their
perfect worlds exist inside their headsets. Transhumans and robots now make up the bulk
of the mainstream population. Efforts are now underway to uncover more advanced and
complex life. The potential for contact with intelligent alien races is now being given
considerable attention. Moving on to the 24th century, this is where
things start to really get fun and awesome, because now, superhuman powers are available
to common citizenry. The nanotechnology of recent decades has conferred powers to citizens
that would be considered superhuman by 21st century standards. These upgraded “transhumans”
could perform feats regarded as Godlike to denizens of earlier times. A suitably upgraded
individual – if transported back to the year 2000 – would be impervious to weaponry and
nearly impossible to contain. They could morph their body into a seemingly infinite variety
of forms depending on the situation encountered. If trapped in a maximum security prison, for
instance, they could alter their own molecular structure, allowing them to walk through walls.
They could broadcast electromagnetic pulse waves to disable electronic devices, vehicles
and other objects. Bullets and other projectiles would pass through them with no effect. Microscopic
cameras, distributed throughout their body, would function as an all-round 360° sensor
– covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum and making it impossible for an attacker to
surprise them. They could sprint at lightning speed and cross a variety of dangerous terrain
types: even molten lava would present no obstacle to them. If necessary, they could levitate
from ground level to the roof of a skyscraper in seconds. They could turn themselves invisible,
morph into another person entirely, or stretch their limbs like elastic. In many ways, they
would resemble a comic book superhero or video game character. They could manipulate their
environment in various ways, generating enough body heat to light a fire, for example, or
turning inanimate objects into advanced nanotechnology tools, or modifying the properties of liquids.
They could heal a wounded person just by touching them. They could read thoughts and emotions,
or extract recent memories. If standing near others of their kind, they could link and
combine their powers to even greater levels – harnessing the power of local weather,
for example, or lifting objects weighing thousands of tons. Their sensory capabilities would
be phenomenal. This 24th century person could view individual atoms with the naked eye;
or if they wanted to, use their telescopic vision to see distant astronomical objects.
They could hear a whisper from miles away, or filter specific voices from a cacophony
of background noise. They could determine a precise chemical composition just by tasting,
touching or smelling it. Due to their various biotechnology aids and physical upgrades,
they would never require sleep. They could even survive without food and water – living
instead off the energy of their surrounding environment, which would be absorbed into
their photosynthetic, piezoelectric skin. This same external layering would keep them
at peak levels of physical performance, as well as shielding them from the elements.
In fact, many citizens of today have abandoned their homes altogether and taken to a nomadic
lifestyle, for this and other reasons. Often, a “home” of today is little more than a small
booth or alcove in the street, where a person can temporarily recharge and recuperate, or
utilize the greater powers of the net. Even a person’s body is often temporary, as they
shift between various real world and digital environments. Much of the Earth is now being
transformed into a gigantic computer grid where individuals can physically “plug” themselves
in. Not everyone has opted to make this transition. Even now, there are segments of society which
are adamant in maintaining a natural, minimally upgraded human body. These people are now
a definite minority, however, given the practical immortality and other benefits offered by
transhumanism. By the 25th century, specifically 2450-2460,
nanomachines can now bring back dead tissues through cellular regeneration, so regrowing
entire limbs if this whole thing wasn’t yet available in the past, it can be done
now. Batteries from the 21st century are now obsolete as “space batteries” on our continuing
mission to colonize and explore space is the norm, and plus our energy and power is so
great we wouldn’t even need regular batteries that would eventually die.
By 2500, Mars has now been officially terraformed. The Red Planet has been turned from a cold,
dead world into a lush, Eden-like paradise. This monumental achievement was the result
of human collaboration on a planet-wide scale. It created whole new industries and undreamed
of technologies. The project was initiated in the early 22nd
century, and from the outset things seemed quite complicated, because aside from the
sheer scale of geo-engineering an entire world, there were political, social and cultural
issues too. Many of the early settlers on Mars actually wished for it to remain in its
raw, primeval state. Some had an almost spiritual connection to the place. Like certain environments
on Earth, they believed it held an intrinsic worth and unique value that should never be
replaced. To better it with man made artificial processes would somehow make it less natural,
less real. These “Reds”, as they came to be known, were a potent force during the early
Martian government. They were a thorn in the side of planning authorities, who faced not
only protests and demonstrations, but direct sabotaging of industrial activity from some
of the more extreme individuals. On the opposing side of this debate were the “Greens”, initially
consisting of mostly corporate interests. They included a greater proportion of cyborgs
and transhumans, who became adapted to the environment of Mars at an earlier stage and
were thus able to survive in the lower air pressures. Over time, the power and influence
of the Greens began to dominate. Improved security measures were introduced, guarding
much of the infrastructure and terraforming equipment from attack. Giant solar mirrors
were placed in orbit. Measuring tens of kilometers across, these reflected and focused the Sun’s
rays onto the poles which then take in that energy. By the 26th century, the late but great physicist
Stephen Hawking once said at a White House lecture in 1999, he remarked that if there
is no space colonization, and population expansion continued unabated and the people of the Earth
continued to use power at the rate they did then, then by the year 2600, people would
be standing shoulder to shoulder and the Earth would glow red hot. Now if we do the math,
right now as of this video the population of Earth is at roughly 7.8 billion. By 2100,
it will be 11 billion. Add 4 billion people every 80 years (and let’s say for the sake
of the point I’m making that population fluctuation is negligible, bear with me),
by 2500 you would have 31 billion people, give or take. Now when we look at Hawking’s
quote, “if there’s no space colonization”, then we’re screwed, but clearly throughout
this entire video I’ve mentioned a bunch of colonization. Humanity has colonized every
other planet in the Milky Way galaxy and by this century I think we’ve got this human
overpopulation problem controlled. Earth is screwed, but humanity isn’t. He also mentions
“using power at the rate we do”, but also clearly throughout this entire video I’ve
stated how we set up solar panels on other planets, starting with Earth, and because
we’ve already reached type 1 on the Kardashev scale meaning we can capture and harness powerful
amounts of energy, along with insane technology and space ships, I think we’re covered.
I think we should also talk about the excellent film and manga, but in this case the film
Alita: Battle Angel (2019). Set in the year 2553, in a world of cyborgs and humans, a
cyborg with human emotions tries to find her past and identity. Meanwhile, she kicks ass
in a dystopian-utopian world. Zalem, the rich city above in the sky, and Iron City, the
poor city down below. Basically, the only way you can get to Zalem
is either being born into it, through the head bad guys by having connections, or through
the most difficult way possible, by winning the Motorball tournament, a brutal high speed
death sport. Now the reason I brought this film up is because it’s central message
is capitalism. Classes in society which dictate our living and success. James Cameron, who
wrote and produced the film, and who also wrote, produced, and directed the film Avatar
(2009) had this idea of showing our society through the many examples in the film, like
when he stated the people of Zalem were manipulative, controlling, selfish, and defied progression
from the lower class for their own greed, something Marx literally said and argued,
this Zalem capitalist class represents the bourgeoisie, while those on the ground who
work hard and are noble souls (but also kind of turn to crime for more money) stay on the
ground, as Dr. Ido states the rule of inheritance. In a world where the powerful prey on the
weak, we see cargo trains that transport goods to Zalem but scrap back and toxic waste the
other way, showing how the working class works so hard but gets virtually nothing in return.
‘Big Brother’ Nova watching over everyone at the end, the scene where Alita trying to
rally all the bounty hunters to fight back against their oppressors but they only want
money, Nova targeting those around Alita in order to shut her down, he crushes revolts
before they even happen. There’s also the URMs (United Republic of Mars) which Alita
was a part of that try to destroy Zalem, Marxists liberating Earth. The unimaginable technology
of Alita is 300 years more advanced than Iron City, displaying a reduction in innovation.
The society below could flourish if given assistance from Zalem, but the fact that we
never even see Zalem reinforces the rich/poor separation. In the so-called ‘real world’,
the top 1% own over half of the world’s wealth while millions starve. According to
professor Stephen Kotkin who wrote in The Wall Street Journal that communism killed
at least 65 million people between 1917 and 2017: “Though communism has killed huge numbers
of people intentionally, even more of its victims have died from starvation as a result
of its cruel projects of social engineering”. The point is in an imbalanced society where
innovation is key but flawed distinctive social classes calls for revolution which is the
way forward to a new society, whether peaceful or violent. Through Cameron’s extended metaphor
for capitalism, we begin to notice that however much was done by anybody, the only success
achieved was through the simultaneous kindness and battle by Alita. Cameron is encouraging
us to not only revolt, but first progress by turning our souls to that of selflessness
for a selfish revolution which will only lead to more selfish leaders and more capitalism.
Cameron is also trying to show here that the collaboration and raising of minds through
fair opportunity and education in socialism creates a far more innovative society than
the selfish capitalist one we see, through the overthrow of right-wing political capitalism
through communism creates socialism, where people put out the effort as a group and receive
benefits. The technology Alita had on was centuries ahead of anyone else but yet if
all of us are under an equal socialist system we would all have that technology, the same
items, in my opinion, it’s definitely a controversial yet bold statement. Flaws though are even
if you start the revolution, you still end up with capitalism, people are too competitive
under a communist/socialist society obviously, that’s also why a utopia would never work,
one of the best examples psychologically being if you had 10 people draw their version of
a utopia, each picture would be different, and in the film how could you possibly have
a reduction in innovation through capitalism, capitalism as a base idea literally encourages
exactly that, so by not having the same technology available to everyone, INSIDE OF A CAPITALIST
SOCIETY, well that’s just society’s failure, all of them are at fault, not even Iron City
worked on new equipment with the scrap there and it’s already the 26th century, but yet
the other group (the URMs) used capitalism in a sense to push their gear out first and
beat those on the ground to it, meaning they’ve now gone against their own idea and are now
hypocrites. Capitalism and communism decline however,
beginning in the 21st century, as people realized that while communism was “godless” in
nature, it in and of itself was a faith, there was no mass revolution that was going to happen,
and the government realized they needed to pay workers or there would be this reverse
revolution, instead of traditional capitalism to communism, it’s communism to capitalism,
because everyone makes the same and eventually people want to make more than the other. Technology
kills both systems though, because with more automation comes less employment, capitalism
dies, technology creates more job opportunities for people so that they can work online and
competition is therefore easier, communism dies. Capitalism by nature doesn’t die fully,
because industrialized countries grow more powerful obviously, the government wants to
control the workers through nationalization, BUT they also try to take over other smaller
and weaker countries so that they can become more powerful and richer, basically imperialism
but also with a side dish of capitalism. By the 26th century, none of these might exist,
and it’s either socialism or corrupt imperialism and capitalism. Still though, the state of
government is really hard to determine because throughout history it’s seen an evolution
and in the future it might be something we don’t know about yet or changed. Let’s lighten the mood a bit, by the 27th
century, in 2640, the world’s longest musical composition finally comes to an end. To an
observer from the early 21st century, the world of the 27th century would be largely
unrecognizable. Likewise, our future world will reflect on our history and be so fascinated
by the past and its objects and relics, just as we are now by things that came before us.
By now, large portions of the Earth have been converted into a mixture of computronium and
enormous scientific instruments, alongside dazzling architecture and works of art, whose
mere appearance would defy the comprehension of an unaided human mind. Despite these intimidating
physical and structural changes, many cultural icons from humanity’s distant past have been
preserved in their original form, even now. Among the historical relics to survive intact
– dwarfed by the surrounding, high-tech landscape – is St. Burchardi Church, in
a small region of what used to be known as Germany. Inside this old building is a musical
instrument called an organ, one of the few remaining examples in its original form. In
the year 1987, American composer John Milton Cage Jr. wrote a piece called Organ²/ASLSP
(As Slow as Possible). A performance of the organ version began at St. Burchardi church
in Halberstadt, Germany, on September 5, 2001. This was scheduled to have a duration of exactly
639 years. The piece started with a silence of 17 months, followed by a first note sounding
on February 5, 2003. Various chord changes would occur every year or two, using a total
of six pipes, maintained with bellows providing a constant supply of air. By 2030, there had
been a total of 21 notes played. On 5th September 2640, the final moments of this song are witnessed
by a small gathering of natural, biological humans. Thus ends the longest-running music
concert in history. John Cage had written the piece, As Slow As Possible, to make a
statement about the fast-paced life most people were leading.
The “Goldilocks Zone” is a habitable zone around a star where the temperature is just
right – not too hot and not too cold – but also to allow liquid water on that planet.
By 2700, Venus has been fully terraformed into a habitable, Earthlike world. The planet’s
entire orbit was shifted, bringing it closer to the “Goldilocks Zone”, while its day-night
cycle was accelerated from 117 days to 24 hours. More comets were guided through the
solar system and into the upper atmosphere of Venus, releasing vast quantities of water.
The atmosphere of Venus is mostly carbon dioxide, 96.5% by volume. Most of the remaining 3.5%
is nitrogen. The reason there is so much carbon dioxide in Venus’ atmosphere is because, well,
that is where all the carbon in Venus is. Venus has no ocean, and no chemical weathering,
and no subduction of carbonates into its mantle. Over its history, all the carbon in Venus’s
interior has been emitted by volcanoes and has stayed in the atmosphere. So the process
was to capture and remove the CO2, which was achieved through nanobots, which absorbed
the CO2 and other toxic gases and replaced them with breathable oxygen. By the 28th century, specifically the end
of the century and moving onto philosophy, this is where things get kind of weird, basically,
around 2747, you have this religious cult around new Stoicism, where they believe in
this “generous maturity”, they believe in God, they don’t like hedonism, and they
think sexual intercourse should be more meta-physical and about the mind of the couple. The neo-Epicureans
come in stating sex should be about love and they have this romantic ideology. Do keep
in mind that these two ancient Greek philosophies directly counter each other, Stoicism emphasizing
the individual’s behavior and internal responses, and that everything external and outside the
body doesn’t really matter as long as we stay steadfast and internally strong on the
inside. Through this mindset they find enduring happiness and tranquility of the mind, which
come from being a virtuous person. So your YouTubers, your athletes, your politicians,
these are people who are Stoics, because to be who they are they have to take a considerable
amount of hate and still push through. The Epicureans believed that our body should
receive the simplest of pleasures, this means food, comfort, and sex. And if you are really
into ancient Greece, you would know that Epicurus put a lot of caveats on sex that made the
whole argument even more difficult to understand, he basically said like yeah you can have sex,
but only if it doesn’t ruin one’s health (e.g. by contracting some venereal disease),
or squander one’s fortune, or stain one’s reputation, or drain one’s energy, or waste
one’s time that could have been spent on better things, etc. Basically, bodily pleasures but
don’t overdo it to the point where you’re suffering as a result of that pleasure. The
whole goal being tranquillity, freedom from fear, and less bodily pain. Epicurus also
went against religion, stating that there is no divine beings that can hurt us, no afterlife,
we shouldn’t fear death, we should focus on physics and science and when we die, we
cease to exist, dude was just a badass. So much so that he influenced these other badasses
throughout history, oh hey look it’s Karl Marx, go figure.
Then you have this guy who is the head of his own idea, Xenophilia, he disagrees with
the neo-Epicureans, he thinks that sex isn’t connected with love as that’s an old idea,
but that both are inherently different, he states sex is playful and a part of life but
love is a human experience and that everybody requires it. He also believed in diversity,
that we should love all people of any race and so on, that it was our noble and essential
purpose and the destiny of ordinary people to create extraordinary people, and to take
control of and responsibility for the future of many human species, and to love them all
with the kind of fervor Christians had for their imaginary creator holy shit this guy
went all out. Now you would’ve thought this philosophy
would’ve been popular, it really didn’t as many people didn’t find it easy to simply
love someone else or another species, critics also said this idea was brought up several
centuries before, and in the end neo-Epicureans had a greater influence on the arts.
There’s also artificial wombs in which the sperm and egg can be genetically engineered,
back on Earth sex has become rare, as different species consider it taboo to crossbreed. Enter the 29th century, humans interbreed
by getting it on with aliens, we explore other solar systems around us, we find other worlds
to colonize, and we never forget that it all started with our planet: Earth. Forever in
the history books that posterity learns about, humans used to all be on this planet that
was created by a divine deity or through the means of science, at the time which is what
we thought. The planet was the first one to naturally sustain life and really was one
that we could biologically live on, and without it, well, nothing would’ve happened, no
progress, no inventions, no exploration. The last century of the millenium, the 30th
century. Wow, we’ve come a long way. We think because we’ve already terraformed
Mars and most recently Venus, we can conquer the universe. We literally talk with aliens
and they’re pretty chill, there are a few differences in how they look, but in 2967
they intercept one of our robot probes 75 light-years away from Earth, we’re excited
but anxious realizing they’re actually closer to our Solar System than we think, it takes
us 14 years to relay the message back to Earth because we are wandering through another galaxy,
we soon meet them face to face and discover that they had a different evolution, they’ve
taken control of their evolution just like humanity had, and they didn’t really care
about the differences that they and us had. “Form follows function.” Pretty soon the
idea of a “galactic community” arises and yeah, we all think it’s a good idea,
officially established the “United Nations of Stars”, the only problem is, the distance
is way too far to establish any kind of meaningful communication and therefore communities. So
there’s no union between the star-worlds, whether inhabited by humans or aliens, no
galactic empire, federation, except in the sense that when we look up into the starry
night we are conscious that it is full of life. So beyond the 30th century, we begin to wonder,
is this the end of progress? Everything that could be achieved, has been achieved. Every
fear, every ignorant fear we had of Heaven during the Dark Ages, of a nuclear holocaust
going off in the Cold War, that the end of the world could be right around the corner
and is very possible, and for those who lived in the year 2000 AD numbers had lost much
of their enchantment, nobody in the the year 3000 AD fears those things anymore, because
science fiction or not we know it can be achieved. We are our own gods and goddesses because
though we are bound by rules and the morality is there, there are no rules or limitations
to our minds and what we can do. And while we may have been scared of the Ice Age millions
of years ago, homo sapiens evolved significantly by adapting to the harsh climate by developing
such tools as the bone needle to sew warm clothing, and used the land bridges to spread
to new regions, and researchers can better predict climate as a result, like global warming
and cooling is connected to plate tectonic activity, and because of the shifting of the
Earth’s plates creates large-scale changes to continental masses, which impacts ocean
and atmospheric currents, and triggers volcanic activity that releases carbon dioxide into
the air. Hard times creates evolutionary changes for mankind and humanity. We are now the divine
beings the Greeks talked about in their stories and tales, and yeah, that’s pretty cool
and all, but we went for it. Have we reached the end? We remain restless
while not knowing where to go, because all possible destinations seem to be already here.
No doubt our future generations will laugh at us because we were only able to live to
300 or 400. Nor does the “end of progress” imply that we have found everything by means
of scientific enquiry. Humans have done a lot over the past millennia, in every subject.
Even so, human perception can still be changed or augmented in numerous ways, and we may
therefore be blind to undiscovered truths. Everyone on Earth and beyond is trying to
achieve their own personal, perfect world, thus creating more innovation. People are
anxious about what lies ahead so they explore into the unknown. These people are the ones
who end up in our history textbooks. We have no excuse for dissatisfaction because everything
we have ever done has built up to our future, we have everything available to us and we
literally feel like we have done–everything. Time keeps moving on and on and on. These
lyrics right here mean so much to me in that it’s true, every second that ticks by is
another thing that is happening. There’s no end to progress, and we can never say we’ll
ever reach one. So go out and explore, maybe you’ll find something that nobody else has
ever seen or found before. When you wake up 1,000 years in the future, these things might
be overwhelming and you might ask about a lot of things, but one thing’s for certain–it
starts with you. Thank you guys so much for watching, please,
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